Best retro chairs: 9 stylish seats for a vintage feel
Make a statement and add a touch of nostalgic charm to your living space with a retro chair.
If you prefer looking back, rather than forward, when it comes to your home décor, a retro chair could be what you're after! Retro accent chairs, and armchairs, are a fun way to give your space a unique look as you can really put your stamp on the room's style! With a range of decade styles and iconic interior looks to choose from, you can have fun dipping into different time periods and selecting a chair that adds character and personality to your room.
We've included a range of colours and styles in our list of the best retro chairs, from extravagant rattan peacock chairs to relaxing wooden rocking chairs. So whether your room needs a new focal point, or you fancy a new favourite reading chair, we've got you and your retro seating needs covered!
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The best retro chairs for 2022
Large Velvet Armchair
This lovely retro armchair would compliment a living room beautifully, thanks to its stylish vibe and soft velvet covering. We love the petrol blue colour, as it's not too loud, so it's likely to slot into a room with ease. It's fairly subtle as accent chairs go, so you shouldn't struggle to find matching accessories and cushions!
Despite its stylish retro look, it would work well amongst contemporary furnishings too. It would even look fab in an office if you're looking to create a more homey work environment, as it has a smart and sophisticated appearance. If you're not a fan of the muted blue, it's also available in grey.
Roma Rattan Chair
Rattan is a top choice if you want to create a chilled-out vibe, and this chair would make a lovely relaxing reading spot! Or you could pop it next to a window and catch the morning sun with a nice cup of coffee. It's a bit of a blank canvas due to its natural look, so you can pile it high with your favourite cushions and blankets to create the comfiest spot in the house!
Beige and Walnut Wood Rocking Chair
This walnut wood rocking chair would make a gorgeous bedroom or living room accessory. It would look especially sweet in a child's nursery! You could layer it with knitted blankets and delicate cushions if you wanted to add a splash of colour. Thanks to the neutral beige colour, there's not a colour palette it won't match, so you can easily move it around the house if you fancy mixing things up! Inspired by mid-century style, we love its unfussy and uncomplicated nature.
It's just the seat you want to come home to when you're knackered after a tough day!
Montreal Small Dining Bench Seat
The brown leather look of this dining bench gives off 70s leather jacket vibes! This neat retro dining bench is ideal for creating a stylish seating arrangement in your kitchen, for you and your guests to enjoy. It would look particularly effective next to a dark feature wall, such as a navy or a dark green. It would look equally as great against an exposed brick wall, for an edgier vibe.
If you want a fresh and summery vibe to your room all year round, this charming chair is sure to help! Featuring a linen fabric cushion and a pretty rattan backrest with a French cane look, it has a gentle and delicate appearance. With deep foam filling, it's got the comfort front covered too! It's not too bulky either, so it would work well in smaller living spaces.
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Bendooragh Swivel Armchair
If you fancy a trip down memory lane, this retro chair is sure to create a sense of nostalgia! The swivel feature is always a welcomed surprise when guests take a seat, and these chairs are super if you're looking for something you can really sink into.
In the summer, this design would work well in a bright and light conservatory where you can enjoy the warmth of the sun through the windows. You could buy a couple if you wanted to create your own uniformed furniture set. There are three cushion patterns to choose from, including an endearing flowery design.
Why not pair it with rattan furniture for a stylised look?
Dusty Pink Velvet Tub Chair
Another velvet option, this tub chair would make a perfect bedroom accessory! We adore the gentle pink colour. You could use it as a dressing table seat, or a corner chair you can chuck your clothes on at the end of the day!
It's the intricate detail that makes this retro chair really stand out. The shiny gold metal feet and linen back create a unique mix of glamorous and relaxing. It's an ideal choice if you're looking to uplift your room's style.
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Rattan Peacock Chair
Peacock chairs are a gorgeous statement piece if you're looking for an eye-catching design. The retro design is instantly recognisable with its high back and curved top, and this cane option is a wonderful choice.
You can have fun decorating it with your favourite cushions - embellished and detailed cushions would look particularly effective and chic - to create a comfortable seat and personalised look. For a grand and welcoming entrance, you could place it in your hallway!
Orange and Walnut Velvet Chair
Accent chairs are an easy way to add a pop of colour to a space, and we think this retro orange chair is quite delightful! It would look fantastic on wooden flooring, and surrounded by funky prints for an arty feel. For even more colour, you could place it next to a vibrant rug and really bring the whole room to life!
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